Toronto, Ontario

WOTS Festival Marketplace

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Harbourfront Centre | 10am - 5pm


WOTS+ Festival Events

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Celebrate Literacy

While literacy is a right for everyone, many struggle throughout life without basic reading, writing, speaking, listening and numeracy skills. This journey does not have to be undertaken alone. There are many organizations around the city to aid Torontonians in their pursuit of a literate life.

2018 Literacy Programming Partners

For our 2018 festival, we are partnering with seven groups to program the Learning Station, a venue for family-oriented activities. 


CNIB Foundation provides programs and services addressing the social and emotional needs of people dealing with sight loss. We support people of all ages as they explore alternative formats for reading and writing, including braille!

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM | The Great Braille Challenge

Ripple Foundation

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM  | Brainstorm Bonanza

Frontier College

Canada's original literacy organization, Frontier College recruits and trains volunteers to deliver programs to children, youth and adults in communities across Canada. Founded in 1899, our programs have helped millions of Canadians improve their literacy skills and provide the confidence they need to reach their full potential.

12:15–1:00PM | Read-A-Long Art Show with Matt James


ONBIDA, the Ontario branch of the International Dyslexia Association, is a scientific and educational organization committed to the study and treatment of the specific learning disability, dyslexia, as well as other language-based learning differences. ONBIDA provides essential information, scholarships, and educational programs to families and professionals who seek help for children with reading difficulties.

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM | Laying the Foundations for Reading Success

Silent Voice

Founded in 1975, Silent Voice serves Deaf adults, youth, children, and their families, in ASL, providing sports, recreation, and leadership programming; ASL instruction to families with a Deaf child; Sign Language Summer Camp; 1:1 support; housing centre; tax clinic; parenting program; Deaf Financial Literacy program and settlement services.

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM | ASL Storytelling

Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf (OCSD)

The Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf (OCSD) works to promote Deaf culture and Deaf heritage in Ontario. OCSD supports and promotes Deaf people’s contributions to the fields of art, drama and literature; strengthens family ties between parents and their Deaf child; and increases opportunities for the formal study of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture.

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM | ASL Storytelling